From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart. Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He's seen Steelheart bleed.
And he wants revenge.
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The main character is nice, does lots of mistakes but he is relatable.
No. His tone was a bit strange at times but all in all it was a good narration
Superman is a villain.
There are two twists, one I saw coming (but I read a lot of books so that may be at fault). I want to read the rest of the trilogy.
Enjoyed this one a lot. Sanderson’s take on the superhero genre depicts a world plunged into a dystopian nightmare as people with supernatural powers (known as Epics) live like gods among weak humans.
Our hero, David, has a vendetta against an insanely powerful Epic known as Steelheart and his obsession to kill him has led Davis to joining the Reconers, a human resistance that hunts and kills Epics.
The world building was fantastic (It is Sanderson, after all). I enjoyed the characters quite a lot and Sanderson did a fine job giving them each their own voice.
I’ve read several comparisons of Steelheart to Mistborn, and I can’t say that it didn’t cross my mind as well. Nothing at all wrong with that, there’s definitely a few similarities (a weak hero joins a badass resistance with a brooding leader in order to take down an invincible dark lord) but not enough that would ever bother me. I loved Mistborn and really enjoyed Steelheart for entirely different reasons.
The only real complaint I have about it is a very petty and stupid. Sanderson doesn’t cuss in his books, and that’s cool with me. But instead of saying “I cursed,” or using a minor curse, he uses a made-up curse word. This never bothered me in Mistborn because it’s a different world. I actually loved that the different cultures in that series all had their own unique curses. But in a world that is just a near-future version of ours, it annoyed me. Especially since the most popular curse was, “Sparks!” Yes, it’s a silly gripe. No, it isn’t enough to even lower my rating or discourage me recommending it to anyone, but in a book that opens with a villain killing a baby in its mother’s arms and showing her horror at losing her infant in the blink of an eye, I find it super-weird that we draw the line at cussing.
First off, Brandon Sanderson is my favorite author of all time. This series is perfect for working out or high paced activity. I found my adrenaline pumping during some portions of this book which means that the characters found a way to pull me into their dilemmas and make me feel anger, hope, and despair.
You know those people who can spend hours fighting over whether Spider-Man can take on Wolverine and how he might do it? Now picture that guy as the hero of a post-apocalyptic story where instead of superheroes, the world is run amok by super villains.
David's collection of knowledge about the epics of his world is like an avid comic book fan, which I found to be a fun protagonist to get behind. The story was very entertaining and fast paced, though the beginning hours were a little slow-going because of the necessary world building and explaining of the rules. The rules require a bit of "take them at face value" because they are often unexplained and just listed as "here is some data about superhero powers". But overall, I enjoyed it and am glad I picked up this book. If you enjoy a fun modern fantasy action-filled superhero story where the little guys face up to the big guys, it's a good read.
Sanderson brings to life another fantastic group of heroes this time the super kind. This novel is a nice break from the swords and magic fantasy he is famous for.
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